DIY Clarify with ACV

It’s that time of month again.  Time to clarify these strands of mine.  Since I’m all about using what I have at home if possible, I decided to clarify with an ACV Rinse.  In case you are not familiar with the term ACV stands for Apple Cider Vinegar.

Now it’s been a long time since I’ve done an ACV rinse.  Like about 2 years ago, shortly after I did The Big Chop.  Prior to that, I did it all the time while I had dreadlocks.  Back then it was the only way I washed my hair because it kept my dreadlocks nice and clean.  I also remember it did a great job at keeping my dandruff under control!

Currently my hair is color treated so I did wonder how my hair would be affected by the ACV since it is highly acidic.  According to my research, there seems to be an ongoing debate within the hair community on whether  ACV affects the color in color treated hair.  There are mixed reviews.  Some people think it strips hair of color.  While others believe it makes the color more vibrant, for example in red hair.  Either way I wasn’t going to let my worries stop me.  I’ve been maintaining my own hair since 11 years old.  So I did what I always do, I tried it for myself.  I truly believe the best way to learn is through experience.  I mean it’s just hair, right?

So, I got out my spray bottle and filled it using the dilution ratio: 1-part ACV into 3-parts water.  Next I sprayed my hair and scalp with the mixture, then covered it with a plastic grocery bag for about 5 minutes.  (The plastic bag is not necessary, it’s just something I do).  Then I washed the ACV rinse out using warm water. The red color in my hair did not bleed at all! , I had no reason to worry. After that I continued on with my normal washday activities. 🙂

Benefits of doing an ACV Rinse:

  • Helps with detangling
  • Helps hair maintain moisture
  • Balances pH in hair                                         
  • Clarifies hair by removing product buildup, minerals, and metals without stripping the natural oils
  • Helps treat hair thinning/hair loss
  • Reduces frizz by smoothing hair cuticle
  • Helpful with eliminating dandruff
  • Treats dry/itchy scalp

Disclaimer:  Remember everyone’s hair is different.  Just because something worked for me, does not guarantee it will work for you. Do not use if you have sensitive skin/irritated scalp.  Also I not recommend doing an ACV rinse more then once a month. 

Have you done an ACV rinse before?  What is your opinion on using ACV while color treated?   How do you clarify your hair?   Let me know, and don’t forget to like, comment, share, and subscribe!

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